Jim Funnell

Studied performance and jazz composition at Berklee College of Music (Boston). In the United States, he has performed and recorded as a sideman with David Fiuczynski’s KiF (eastern-exotica-western-exstatica!) and a quartet lead by trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. Now based in Paris and London, he leads his own trio, Word Out, and co-leads a new Afro-jazz-funk project, AfuriKo, with percussionist Akiko Horii. Jim also collaborates with British reggae-electro musician Flox, and is active as a composer, arranger, and freelance educator.

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”La subtilité mélodique du pianiste Jim Funnell [...] laisse présager d'un avenir des plus lumineux.” Version en ligne de Jazz Magazine

”Jim Funnell’s electric keyboard solo builds masterfully from a motive first introduced by Fuze into a kaleidoscope of shifting block chordal progressions.” Thomas R. Erdmann,

”Jim Funnell executed a hugely energized solo on organ during “The Heathen” causing wild shouts of approval from the crowd.” Lucie Wicker, Concert Review
Primary Instrument




Willing to teach



2007 - present
• freelance private instruction (piano, improvisation, music theory/composition, guitar)
2008 - 2009
• jazz piano and ensemble teacher, Conservatoire Municipal de Musique et de Danse (Mennecy, France)
2007 - 2008
• piano teacher (jazz and classical), Institut de Culture Musicale (Paris, France)

Clinic/Workshop Information

• jazz piano masterclass, Koyo Conservatory (Kobe, Japan)
• jazz masterclass (rhythm section), Euro Institute for Music and Arts (Hamrun, Malta)
• improvisation workshop, Conservatoire Municipal de Musique et de Danse (Mennecy, France)
• "Stylistic Interpretation" and "Musical Improvisation" workshops, Unidad Académica de Música de la UAZ (Zacatecas, México) & Escuela de Música aRtes Revueltas (Cholula, México)
• jazz piano masterclass, Foxborough High School (Foxborough, MA, USA)
• "Basic Musical Improvisation" workshop, Unidad Académica de Música de la UAZ (Zacatecas, México)
• latin music workshop, Booker T

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